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Fierce California wildfire burns into fourth night

Reuters - ‎30 minutes ago‎
By Lucy Nicholson SANTA BARBARA, California (Reuters) - A California wildfire burned for a fourth day on Friday above the seaside town of Santa Barbara as firefighters battled flames that have damaged or destroyed 80 homes.

South Africa prepares to swear in new president

The Associated Press - ‎14 minutes ago‎
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - South Africans spread their blankets on the ground before dawn Saturday for a front-row seat as the country prepared to swear in Jacob Zuma with an excitement that recalled Nelson Mandela's 1994 inauguration.

Pope set for Jordan mosque visit

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Jordan's largest mosque on the second day of his visit to the Middle East. The pontiff will pray inside the King Hussein Mosque in the capital, Amman, before addressing local Muslim leaders.

Civilians hit as Pakistan army battles Taliban

The Associated Press - ‎24 minutes ago‎
MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) - Doctors rushed to treat an influx of wounded Pakistani civilians Saturday as thousands of troops backed by bomb-dropping warplanes sought to purge Taliban militants from a northwestern valley.

Karzai's Ex-Allies Vie for Afghan Presidency

New York Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
By CARLOTTA GALL and ABDUL WAHEED WAFA KABUL, Afghanistan - Forty-four candidates submitted nominations to run for president before the close of registration on Friday, a field full of people who served under President Hamid Karzai but have since ...

Gordon Brown: Cleaning cash for brother was legitimate

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Downing Street has said that Gordon Brown's use of Commons expenses to pay his brother for cleaning expenses was entirely legitimate.

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White House aide resigns over NYC flyover

The Associated Press - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House official who authorized a $328835 photo-op of an Air Force jet used by the president soaring above New York City resigned under fire Friday as the administration tried to move past the embarrassing incident that sent ...

Obama team retains Bush polar bear policy

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Obama administration has decided to keep a Bush-era policy on polar bears - declining to crack down on greenhouse-gas polluters on the grounds that their emissions are helping shrink the bears' habitat on Arctic sea ice, officials announced Friday.

Obama wants to ease rules on aid to jobless

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎2 hours ago‎
President Obama said he wants to make it easier for people to collect unemployment benefits while they go to school or retrain for jobs, promising to "lay a new foundation for our economic growth by investing in our citizens.

Banks Won Concessions on Tests

Wall Street Journal - ‎9 hours ago‎
By DAVID ENRICH, DAN FITZPATRICK and MARSHALL ECKBLAD The Federal Reserve significantly scaled back the size of the capital hole facing some of the nation's biggest banks shortly before concluding its stress tests, following two weeks of intense ...

Job figures not as bad as feared

MiamiHerald.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Labor Department's employment numbers were better than expected, but they may be offset by an uptick in government hiring.

Chrysler's Dissenting Lenders Abandon Fight Over Fiat Sale

Bloomberg - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Tiffany Kary and Mike Ramsey May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Fund owners blamed for tipping Chrysler LLC into bankruptcy disbanded after fighting for weeks against bank lenders, political pressure and alleged stonewalling by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

AT&T to buy territories from Verizon for $2.35B

The Associated Press - ‎5 hours ago‎
NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. said Friday it will buy the assets of Verizon Wireless in 79 mainly rural areas for $2.35 billion, a deal that will affect more than 1 million subscribers.

NASA set for dramatic shuttle rescue

msnbc.com - ‎7 hours ago‎
By James Oberg HOUSTON - As NASA prepares for its final service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, it's also preparing for something never attempted in the history of the shuttle program: a rescue operation so dramatic that Hollywood would be ...

New Guitar Hero Games Almost Ready to Rock

New York Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
Stay-at-home rock stars will have more entries in the best-selling Guitar Hero video game series to fuel their fantasies of pop glory, Billboard reported.

A Franchise Goes Boldly Backward

New York Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
Zachary Quinto, left, as Spock and Chris Pine as James T. Kirk in "Star Trek." By MANOHLA DARGIS A bright, shiny blast from a newly imagined past, “Star Trek,” the latest spinoff from the influential television show, isn't just a pleasurable rethink of ...

Miss USA -- Not All Topless Photos Are Equal

TMZ.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
There's another reigning beauty queen who took some very topless photos before she won her pageant -- but unlike Carrie Prejean, Miss Rhode Island usa's crown was never ever in jeopardy.

KFC to mail out rain checks for Oprah chicken freebie

Entertainment Weekly - ‎3 hours ago‎
Seems you can have your chicken and eat it too...albeit a little later than expected. After hoards of hungry Oprah fans were turned away from KFC outlets across the country earlier this week, the fast-food chain is now sending out rain checks to ...

Alex Rodriguez homers in return for Yankees

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
New York 4, at Baltimore 0: Alex Rodriguez announced his return by hitting a three-run homer on the first pitch of his late-starting season, CC Sabathia pitched a four-hitter and the Yankees ended a losing streak at five games by beating the Orioles.
A-Rod goes deep Boston Herald

Manny Ramirez's absence acutely felt by Dodgers

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson tags out Giants left fielder Fred Lewis to begin a double play in the first inning Friday night.

Lakers play complete game vs. Rockets

FOXSports.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
by Charley Rosen Kobe Bryant hit his first five jumpers, which pulled Houston's defense a half-step farther away from the basket than it desired.

New flu continues US spread, but people cleaner

Reuters - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new H1N1 influenza virus quickened its spread across the United States, but health officials said on Friday they were encouraged that more people were washing their hands as a result ...

Hong Kong Releases Quarantined Hotel Guests

Wall Street Journal - ‎17 hours ago‎
By JONATHAN CHENG HONG KONG -- City officials released 286 guests and employees from a quarantined hotel Friday evening, ending an unusual and contentious seven-day lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the A/H1N1 influenza virus.

2 more Influenza A/H1N1 cases confirmed in New Zealand

Xinhua - ‎1 hour ago‎
WELLINGTON, May 9 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed cases of Influenza A/H1N1 has risen to seven in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.

Drew Peterson jokes at hearing, while families are on edge

Chicago Tribune - ‎6 hours ago‎
By Steve Schmadeke and Lolly Bowean | Tribune staff reporter Drew Peterson after his arraignment was postponed at the Will County Courthouse.
Peterson issues wisecracks in court St. Louis Post-Dispatch

When It Comes to Judges, 'Pragmatic' Means Unprincipled

Wall Street Journal - ‎4 hours ago‎
By DAVID LEWIS SCHAEFER In a front-page story this past Sunday the New York Times offered a laudatory account of President Barack Obama's likely approach to replacing Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court.
Souter's Tribe Above the Law

From Prep School to Murder Suspect at Wesleyan

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
Stephen P. Morgan, right, and his attorney Richard Brown, during Mr. Morgan's arraignment in Middletown, Conn., on Friday. By SERGE F. KOVALESKI and ALISON LEIGH COWAN Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, Stephen P. Morgan left his family's home in ...